Rafael Nadal Ends Year Ranked Number 1 In The World

Rafael Nadal Ends Year Ranked Number 1 In The World

Rafael Nadal Ends Year Ranked Number 1 In The World

Rafael Nadal will finish 2017 as the number one-ranked player in men's tennis after defeating Hyeon Chung at the Paris Masters.

After a wrist injury past year cost Rafael Nadal his streak of 11 consecutive top-five seasons, the King of Clay came back stronger than just about anyone could have anticipated, a journey that he cemented on Wednesday by clinching his finish at World No. 1. "One year ago for sure I never dreamed about being world No1 at end of the season so it's something that means a lot".

"I'm very, very happy for everything", said Nadal in his on-court interview.

But Nadal emerged victorious after Federer was forced to withdraw from the tournament in Paris, which as a technicality meant that Nadal had to secure just one win to sit in the top spot. And very happy of course. It's been an fantastic year, ' he said after the match.

"I am on a good dynamic, playing well the whole season", Nadal, who has only won two of his 75 ATP titles indoors, added.

After breaks were exchanged in the early stages, Nadal then rallied from a 0/40 deficit before breaking Chung to lead 4-2.

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Frenchman Lucas Pouille kept alive his slim chances of qualifying for London as well with a 6-3 6-4 win against Feliciano Lopez, but No. 12 Kevin Anderson's chances took a dent after a 5-7 6-4 7-5 loss to Spaniard Fernando Verdasco.

Nadal will next face Pablo Cuevas in the last 16 on Thursday, after the unseeded Uruguayan edged out Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/1), 6-2.

But he responded with a truly a remarkable comeback year to become the oldest man to finish a season at the top of the rankings at the age of 31, after a year that saw him win the French and US Opens.

A raft of injuries had left many thinking that Nadal was a spent force at the end of previous year, but he stormed back to prominence by claiming six titles ahead of Paris and the season-ending ATP Finals in London.

But the 31-year-old Spaniard - who is also trying to balance the delicate political situation in his native country with his status as an worldwide sportsman - refused to hype up his potential coronation.

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